November 15, 2002

21 Years of Community Development Celebrated in City Heights

The City Heights Community Development Corporation (CHCDC) celebrates the unique spirit, history and future of City Heights with two special 21st birthday events in November.

The events are planned to highlight 21 years of successful community development in City Heights, a community that has been called the “International Village” due to its diverse population.

“City Heights has undergone a healthy revitalization through the creation of quality affordable housing and community-based neighborhood improvement and resident self-sufficiency programs,” says Ramon Espinal, President of the CHCDC Board of Directors. “This is our way of recognizing the vibrant community whose work and vision has guided this development.”

On Saturday, November 16, the CHCDC is presenting a 21st Birthday Celebration at Teralta Neighborhood Park. The event will feature children’s activities, food vendors, Vietnamese Dragon Dancers, the Hoover High School Band and live Latin reggae by Soul Shakedown featuring Quino from Big Mountain. The event, which is from 11 am to 4 pm, is free and open to the public.

The CHCDC will also hold a 21st Birthday Dinner on Friday, November 22 in celebration and thanksgiving for the unique vision, history and future of City Heights. The delicious Somalian and Cajun dinner will feature a keynote address by Roy Priest, President and CEO of the National Congress for Community Economic Development.

Other speakers will include Anna Daniels, former CHCDC President and chair of the City Heights Community Art Garden, and Jim Bliesner, a CHCDC founder and current Director of the City-County Reinvestment Task Force. The dinner will take place from 5pm - 9 pm at the Five Star Banquet Hall, located at 4201 El Cajon Blvd.

Founded in 1981, the CHCDC has worked for 21 years to enhance the quality of life in City Heights by creating partnerships with community residents and organizations to create quality affordable housing and livable neighborhoods, foster economic development and stimulate investment. The City Heights CDC also sponsors the annual City Heights International Village Celebration as well as numerous other community improvement and resident self-sufficiency programs.

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